Royals Roster & Staff

Vance Wilson #18

Coaching Career

Vance is in his first year on the Royals' Major League coaching staff, named the bullpen coach on November 7, 2017 ... The 2018 season will be his eighth in the Royals' organization, serving as a minor league manager with Kane County (A) in 2011, Wilmington (A) in 2012-13 and Northwest Arkansas (AA) from 2014-17 ... Completed his fourth season as manager at Northwest Arkansas in 2017, finishing the year with a 67-73 record…led the Naturals to consecutive Texas League North Division titles in 2015-16, falling in the league championship round both seasons ... Managed the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League in 2014…led the club to the AFL championship game, but fell to Salt River.

Playing Career

Originally drafted by the New York Mets in the 44th round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft out of Mesa (Ariz.) Junior College ... Spent parts of eight seasons in the Majors with the Mets (1999-2004) and Detroit (2005-06)…played in a career-high 96 games with New York in 2003, batting .243 with nine doubles, a career-best eight homers and 39 RBI, seeing most of his playing time during Hall of Famer Mike Piazza's stint on the disabled list ... Led the National League in caught stealing percentage (49.0) in 2002, while he ranked third (44.6 percent) in 2003 ... Traded from the Mets to Detroit on January 5, 2005, in exchange for infielder Anderson Hernandez ... A member of the 2006 AL Central champion Detroit Tigers…played in 56 games for Detroit that season, hitting .283 with nine doubles, five homers and 18 RBI ... Finished his playing career in 2009 with Northwest Arkansas, appearing in 59 contests.

Miscellaneous Notes

Vance and his wife, Bridget, reside in Springdale, Ark., with their daughter, Peyton Blaise ... Graduated from Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Ariz….played varsity baseball, basketball and football ... Attended Mesa Community College…named a Junior College All-American during his sophomore season ... Wife, Bridget, served as chairperson in the Campaign for Children…along with Vance, helped raise over $150,000 to build a Children's House to benefit abused children in Springdale, Ark.